I received a free copy of Sworn Sword from Sourcebooks for my honest review.
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Tancred is a knight following his lord as they move into Northumbria post Hastings. It’s 1069 and things are not settled for William the Conqueror in England, especially in the North. In a surprise attack while Tancred and some of his men are out scouting the town is attacked and his Lord, Robert Commines is killed. Wounded while fighting, he and two friends managed to escape and find help for Tancred’s wound the next town up. There Tancred reluctantly agrees to a task for a new lord despite wanting to stay, fight the enemy and be the one to kill Edgar the Aethling – the one who leads the rebels and therefore responsible for the death of his former master.
And the woman he continues to dream about. Who he knew for about six months, couldn’t communicate with because he speaks French and she spoke English but hey, the sex was good. He still mourns her. Endlessly.
His sword arm itches a lot too. In fact if it itched one more time I was going to take a sword and cut it off. I appreciate that Tancred is a warrior. I appreciate that Tancred wants to fight but seriously there has to be another way to express it other than his sword arm itching. I did read an ARC so maybe this was corrected in the final copy.
Maybe I shouldn’t type reviews when I have a headache. My two major complaints being expressed I can write that I did find the book readable.The author’s note in the back indicates that it is based in history and that many of the characters did exist. It’s a first book for Mr. Aitcheson and I would imagine that he will get better with Tancred as he goes forth in the world. Tancred needs some maturity. For a man that leads men into battle he has a very short fuse and he is really not too bright. He is a warrior as we are told ad nauseum and he wants to fight – see arm itching – but there is a lot more to a good book than battles. Characters need depth and scenes need development. I’ll give the next book in the series a try – I’m not ready to give up on our hero just yet.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Sworn Sword from Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.